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William Doyle Ruckelshaus, American investment company executive, former federal agency administrator. Bar: Indiana 1960. Named Man of Year, Indianapolis Jaycess; named an Outstanding Republican Legislator in Indiana House Representatives, Working Press, 1967; recipient Outstanding First Year Legislator in House award, Indiana Broadcasters Association, 1967.


RUCKELSHAUS, William was born on July 24, 1932 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Son of John K. and Marion (Doyle) Covington Ruckelshaus.


Bachelor cum laude, Princeton University, 1957. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1960.


Attorney Ruckelshaus, Bobbitt & O'Connor, Indianapolis, 1960-1968. Deputy attorney general State of Indiana, 1960-1965, chief counsel Office of Attorney General, 1963-1965. Minority attorney Indiana State Senate, 1965-1967.

Member Indiana House of Representatives, 1967-1969, majority leader, 1967-1969. Assistant attorney general civil division United States Department Justice, Washington, 1969-1970. Administrator Environmental Protection Agency, 1970-1973, 1983-1985.

Acting director Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1973. Deputy attorney general United States Department Justice, 1973. Partner Ruckelshaus, Beveridge, Fairbanks & Diamond, 1974-1976.

Senior vice president law & corporation affairs Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, 1976-1983. President William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, 1985-1988. Partner Perkins Coie, Seattle, 1985-1988.

Chairman board, Chief Executive Officer Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc., Houston, 1988-1995, chairman, 1995—1999. Founder, principal Madrona Investment Group, LLC, since 1996. Strategic director Madrona Venture Group, Seattle, since 1999.

Chairman World Resources Institute, Washington District of Columbia, since 1999. Board directors Cummins Engine Company, Nordstrom, Inc., Weyerhaeuser Company, Inc., Vykor, Inc.


  • Bar: Indiana 1960.


  • Other Work

    • Reapportionment—A Continuing Problem 1963.


Republican nominee for United States Senate, Indiana, 1968. Appointed by President Clinton to serve as United States envoy to Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada, 1997-1998. Member, President Council on Sustainable Development, 1993-1997.

Chairman Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington, since 1999, commissioner Commission on Ocean Policy, 2001-2004. Member World Resource Institute (chairman since 1998), Federal Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association.


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, fishing, reading.


Married Jill Elizabeth Strickland, May 11, 1962. Children: Catherine Kiley, Mary Hughes, Jennifer Lea, William Justice, Robin Elizabeth.

John K. Ruckelshaus

Marion (Doyle) Ruckelshaus

Jill Elizabeth Strickland

Catherine Kiley Ruckelshaus

Mary Hughes Ruckelshaus

Jennifer Lea Ruckelshaus

William Justice Ruckelshaus

Robin Elizabeth Ruckelshaus